RFE/RL: NATO Commander – Baltic presence ‘necessary’ to stop Russian ‘aggression’

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NATO’s deployment of additional resources to the Baltic region despite Russia’s opposition was a “necessary step” based on Moscow’s “aggressive actions,” the Western military alliance’s supreme commander says.

U.S. General Curtis Scaparrotti, speaking to RFE/RL on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on July 12, said that “four battalions is not a threat to Russia,” referring to the additional forces stationed on the alliance’s eastern flank and in Poland in recent months.

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